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16 January 2024

Posted by Holly Spillar

Story Structure Part One: Exposition and Beyond...

Last week we asked our writers 

“what would it help you most to learn about in our sessions this term?” and the answer was a unanimous…

“STRUCTURE!”


Luckily Carla, our assistant lead, had just the thing to help! She put together a set of 3 sessions breaking down story structure in a way that inspired creativity, but would (hopefully) prevent our writers from that horrible feeling halfway through a burst of ideas that makes you want to throw your laptop out the window. 


Her plan (pictured as blog photo) followed a book she had used during her Creative Writing MA and she split her method into 3 chunks per session so nobody got too overwhelmed. 


This session we tackled 

Step 1: Hook/Exposition

Step 2:Inciting Incident

Step 3: first plot point 


This was particularly exciting for Clara and I because we are HUGE fans of the work our young writers produce every week and so to see some of them already enhancing their own stories we had previously heard and loved made up sure that, by the end of these sessions, there would be some amazing new work to read.


We are so excited for the next session and can’t wait to see the first 3 steps put into pratice!



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